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Parting Shots From the South Beach Wine and Food Festival

Feb 28 2013 - 5:00pm

Early 2013 cold fronts, snowstorms, and nor'easters mean one thing: that this year's South Beach Wine and Food Festival couldn't come soon enough. The Miami celebration — often known among festivalgoers as culinary Spring break — kicked off Thursday night with a slew of events. Click through to see more.

— Additional reporting by Nicole Perry

Source: Getty [1]

Under the Tent

The South Beach Wine and Food Festival's biggest Thursday night event, The Q, was packed.

The Q Bar

The illuminated bar at The Q.

Hostess Paula Deen

Paula Deen [2] — who was hosting The Q with her sons Jamie and Bobby — posed here with chef Jonathan Waxman.

Restaurant: Impossible's Robert Irvine

Food Network's Robert Irvine hammed it up for the camera while grilling burgers.

Todd English

Chef, restaurateur, and TV personality Todd English showed who's king of the grill.

Al Roker

Today host and barbecue enthusiast Al Roker returned to The Q this year to show off his cooking skills.

Warm Welcome

We arrived at our first destination, The Q After Dark [3], to a warm welcome.

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Aerial Dancer

The first thing in our field of vision? A barely dressed, incredibly toned aerial dancer showing off her moves in the middle of the party.

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Acrobatics

The aerial dancer looked to be flanked by two Buddha statues, but they turned out to be very still (and very flexible) human beings.

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Brisket Sandwich

Sparky's Roadside Barbecue served a barbecued brisket slider, sandwiched by two pillow-soft buns and bread-and-butter pickles.

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Porchetta With Caponata

Chef Brian Massie served Porchetta Allo Spiedo: generous slices of rotisserie-roasted porchetta with a vinegar-dressed mélange of eggplant, grapes, and pine nuts to cut the fat.

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Qookies

"Q" cookies, courtesy of Cookies by Shar, made a memorable (if fleeting) souvenir.

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Flo Rida

The Today show, in town for SOBEWFF, arranged to have rapper Flo Rida perform to an enthusiastic crowd of roughly a thousand onlookers — an impressive number, considering it was only 9 a.m.

Flo Rida and Al Roker

Al Roker interviewed rapper Flo Rida for the Today show, shot on location in South Beach [4].

Nigella Lawson

A bubbly Nigella Lawson [5] talked about her new Italian cookbook, Nigellissima.

Michael Symon

Iron Chef Michael Symon cracked up at Bullfrog & Baum's trade panel, "What It Takes to Be an Iron Chef."

Anthony Bourdain

While at SOBE, Anthony Bourdain [6] found time to hang with Nigella and nurse Bloody Marys [7].

Celebrity Chef Volleyball Tournament

Andrew Zimmern partook in a celebrity chef volleyball tournament, which he later bragged about winning [8]!

Spike Mendelsohn

After a celebrity volleyball tournament, former Top Cheffer and DC restaurateur Spike Mendelsohn wasn't afraid to do a cannonball right into the pool.

Andrew Zimmern's Happy Hour

Andrew Zimmern chatted with new friends at The Raleigh Hotel, where he hosted a happy hour with travel site Traterra (and talked to us about what's next [9]).

Almondina Cookies

At the Trade Tasting, Almondina served original and dark chocolate biscotti crisps.

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Or-G shots

Yes, these are shots of an orange vodka called Or-G.

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Cantaloupe

Fresh cantaloupe at the Del Monte booth.

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Stuffed Cheese With Chicken

The folks from Curaçao served a traditional island dish: keshi yená (stuffed gouda cheese) filled with ground chicken and tomato sauce. The end result tasted less tropical, more Italian American.

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Botran "Guatamelon Punch"

Botran, a Guatemalan rum, offered one of the most refreshing drinks of the afternoon: a cocktail with lime, simple syrup, Botran, tarragon, watermelon, and soda water.

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Wine Removal Towelettes

We're convinced that these PushClean wine-removing and hand towelettes — which are made from compostable bamboo, by the way — are going to be the next big thing.

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Blue Curaçao Cocktail

Thought Blue Curaçao had long disappeared? Not so, we discovered, as we sipped on the electric blue liqueur, shown here in a cocktail with lime, vodka, soda water, and blackberries.

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Banana Man

It was hard to miss Del Monte's crew of banana men and women.

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Goya

Goya served up a pork slider served on a sweet and fluffy bun that was reminiscent of Hawaiian bread.

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Mionetto Il Spriz

Mionetto Il Spriz [10] — a bottled wine spritzer modeled after the spritz, a bitter Italian aperitif — was on hand to quench our thirst.

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Piedmontese Beef Slider

Piedmontese beef, a breed of cattle lauded for its tenderness and low saturated fat levels, topped crostini.

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Sardinian Wine

We were pleased to see wine from Sardinia, an up-and-coming region, on hand.

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Morimoto

Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto [11] struck a pose (with a patty) as he got ready to put his game face on at the Amstel Light Burger Bash.

Bobby Flay's Green Chile Burger

Bobby Flay [12]'s "Green Chile Burger," the winner of Burger Bash's [13] people's choice award, enticed with its bountiful toppings, including queso sauce, green chile pickle relish, and its side of potato chips.

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Guy Fieri with Havaianas

Guy Fieri hammed it up at the Havaianas [14] booth, which was handing out flip flops with custom burger and milkshake pins.

Source: Havaianas [15]

Holsteins Shakes and Buns Burger

Holstein's Shakes and Buns from Las Vegas, NV, charmed us with their thematically appropriate decorative toothpick.

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Guy Fieri

Burger Bash attendees swarmed Guy Fieri's booth to catch a glimpse of the Food Network star. Here, he holds up a wooden vote token, perhaps hoping to inspire festivalgoers to choose his Pressed Chili Burger [16].

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Rok:Brgr Burger Bar + Gastropub's Burger

While Rok:Brgr's "Miami" burger was a treat, their spicy honey-mustard-dressed lobster corn dog stole the show.

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Charm City Burger Company's Burger

Charm City Burger Company, a Floridian favorite, offered up a brisket burger topped with white American cheese, candied bacon, smoked peppercorn Dijonnaise, and pickled tomato.

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Lokal Burgers & Beer's Burger

Lokal set itself apart from the crowd with buns imprinted with their brand.

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Cheeseburger Baby

Cheeseburger Baby, the oldest burger shop in South Beach [17], drew fans aplenty.

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Chef Tim Love

Chef Tim Love cheerily served up his Love Shack burgers.

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Love Shack's Burger

Tim Love's Love Shack showed off its Texan pride with state flag picks holding together the lamb-bacon- and roasted-red-pepper-hollandaise-topped slider.

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Quality Meats's Burger

Our favorite presentation of the night easily went to Quality Meat's retro popcorn boxes, which housed dry-aged popcorn to accompany its bacon- and blue-cheese-topped dry-aged burger.

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Live Music

An enthusiastic band was on hand to entertain.

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Jeff Mauro's Ultimate Pattymelt

It turns out that Jeff Mauro's "Ultimate Pattymelt" wasn't all bluster, as it snagged the prestigious judges' choice award.

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Ford's Filling Station Burger

If one needed a respite from the beef, a stop at Ford's Filling Station was just the cure, thanks to its juicy Moroccan lamb burger, which came topped with tomato chutney, goat cheese, caramelized onions, and mache.

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Meat Market's Burger

Meat Market, another local favorite, offered up a "Tropical Reuben," a burger topped with Wagyu pastrami, pickled chilies, and cabbage slaw.

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Red Robin Gourmet Burgers

Red Robin was serving a Korean Kalbi BBQ Burger with pickled cucumbers and cabbage on a Korean BBQ glazed beef patty served between a brioche bun.

The Butterfly

The Butterfly, Michael White's soon-to-open restaurant, was serving his legendary White Label Burger, which is made with dry-aged beef, bacon marmalade, McClure's pickles, and white American cheese.
Served with: Cacio e pepe tater tots.

B Spot Burgers

Michael Symon's French Onion Burger — caramelized onion, crispy onion, bacon, gruyère and horseradish cheese sauce, shasha and mustard sauce.

Burger & Barrel

Burger & Barrel's B&B Bash Burger — caramelized onion and bacon jam, shaved pickles, American cheese, secret sauce on a toasted sesame seed bun.

Guy's Burger Joint

The longest lines of all were for Guy's Pressed Chili Cheeseburger — ground beef, all-beef chili, cheddar cheese, thin-sliced dill pickles, bacon, donkey sauce, crispy sourdough shell, and spicy Sriracha ranch and ketchup.

The Forge's Burger

Love truffles? Then The Forge's truffle burger is just the bite for you.

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Burger Bash Winner

Bobby Flay [18] was all smiles when he took home the Burger Bash's top prize, the People's Choice Award.

Fontainebleau's Best of the Best

The luxe Best of the Best event hosted by the Fontainebleau Miami Beach [19] lived up to its name.

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Glitzy Entrance

Glamorous light fixtures in the hosting hotel caught our eye.

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Strawberry-Banana Cotton Candy Empanadas

Sweet-tart cotton candy empanadas from pastry chef Jordi Panisello of the hosting hotel didn't sacrifice substance for creativity — they were also mouth-puckeringly delicious.

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A Taste of Central Kitchen

Thomas McNaughton, the James Beard Award rising star chef nominee [20] from San Francisco's Flour + Water and Central Kitchen, served up a stunningly plated bite.

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Apple Pie Ice Cream Cone

Portland's Beast offered up a sweet and salty apple-pie-inspired ice cream cone garnished with bacon. While the addition of bacon might seem a bit played out, the hit of smoky salty flavor worked well, as it accentuated the otherwise classic flavors.

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Chocolate Sesame Ice Cream Bars

As die-hard halvah fans, we were immensely pleased by Zuma's chocolate-covered sesame ice cream bars, which reminded us of the Israeli treat.

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Inventive Presentation

What could possibly improve upon braised hanger steak paired with collard greens and red chimichurri? The National's Peter Dale had the answer: serving it up in charmingly diminutive Dutch ovens.

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Marshmallow Ropes

Jordi Panisello won us over again with ethereally textured marshmallow ropes that were snipped to order. Our favorite? The tangy passion fruit version.

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Crispy Pork Belly

A salty, sweet, and deeply meaty pork-belly bite from Richard Reddington of Redd in Yountville, CA, shined.

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Passion Fruit Mousse

Despite full bellies, we came back for seconds of Jordi Panisello's composed passion fruit mousse dessert — it was just that good.

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Now That's Love

Michael Symon spoon-fed Robert Irvine at a Grand Tasting cooking demonstration.

Robert Irvine

Restaurant: Impossible's Robert Irvine showed off his fit physique while posing for the camera.

Sunny Anderson

Cooking for Real's Sunny Anderson showed off to the crowd.

Michael Symon and Bobby Flay

Best friends Michael Symon and Bobby Flay [21] joked about constantly being neck and neck for the Burger Bash People's Choice Award, which Bobby snagged this year [22].

Robert Irvine's Barilla Event

Robert Irvine shows a participant how to put a chef's hat on the right way at Barilla's Interactive Dinner Saturday night.

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Rocco DiSpirito

Rocco DiSpirito stopped to say hi to fans before he took the stage to demo recipes.

Guy Fieri Rocking It

Guy Fieri didn't hoard the punch at his cooking demo Sunday afternoon.

Rachael Ray and John Cusimano

At her demo, Rachael Ray [23] — who took time to talk to us the night before [24] — made it clear that she and husband John Cusimano are still very much an item.

AZ Canteen

AZ Canteen, Andrew Zimmern's fledgling food truck, served the AZ Canteen Dog, a Piedmontese-cattle hot dog with slaw and pickled jalapeños, alongside tangy Jamaica hibiscus punch.

Palate Party

There was no mistaking the lump crab component in Palate Party's crab cake slider that was served up with roasted garlic aioli, sweet chili tomato jam and romaine lettuce on a classic bun.

Curbside Gourmet

Thai BBQ pork sliders served with apple ginger slaw tempted attendees passing by the Curbside [25] Gourmet truck.

Firewall Food Truck

Firewall's white pizza topped with spiny lobster, garlic butter sauce, mozzarella, scallions, and lemon juice delighted.

Potoffee

We greedily gobbled down Potoffee's sweet and salty toffee-coated potato chips.

Ms. Cheezious

Ms. Cheezious — which was ultimately crowned the people's choice winner of the event — upped the grilled cheese ante with a "South in Your Mouth Melt" made up of smoked BBQ pulled pork, fried pickles, and cheddar cheese on Texas toast.

Friar Tuck's

Friar Tuck's served the "Vandross," a glazed donut cheeseburger topped with maple bacon, lettuce, tomato, and sauce.

Joji Frozen Yogurt

Fro-yo fans enjoyed Joji's subtly floral orchid vanilla almond and chili chocolate soft-serve frozen yogurt.

El Rey de las Fritas

El Rey de las Fritas dished out the "Original Cuban Frita," a crowd-favorite ground beef slider served on a Cuban roll with cooked onions and shoestring fries.

Gastropod

Pho lovers — ourselves included — flocked to the Gastropod airstream [26] trailer to try their "gastroPho," a clever take on the Vietnamese soup comprised of beef tendon chicharrones, sous vide short ribs, mung beans, and Vietnamese herbs in an oxtail broth.

Walgreens

The drugstore chain previewed its Upmarket:juice line of juices, smoothies — pictured is a banana, peach, mango and vanilla rice milk offering — and fro-yo flavors like Tahitian vanilla and creamy tropical sorbet.

Smithfield

Sugar-glazed ham, mojo-marinated oven roasted pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, and yellow mustard made for an enticing bite when served between two slices of Cuban bread at the Smithfield truck.

Crazydilla

Cuban sandwich meets quesadilla in Crazydilla's Cubadilla, comprised of Cuban pork, Serrano ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, and a multigrain tortilla drizzled with a garlic mustard aioli.

Hip Pop's Handcrafted Gelato Bars

It was hard to pick a favorite between Hip Pop's chocolate-dipped pistachio gelato and passionfruit sorbet pops.

2 Jive Turkeys

The 2 Jive Turkeys truck offered up "Dyn-o-mite" Rolls — deep-fried turkey spring rolls drizzled with a red wine cranberry reduction.

Alisa's Cupcakery

Those with a raging sweet tooth found plenty of options on offer at Alisa's Cupcakery, including oreo, dulce de leche, and carrot cupcakes, as well as nutella-filled chocolate chip cookies.

Cubancube

Cubancube served the "Cuba Libre," a fried Spanish sweet potato stuffed with rum and cola braised ropa vieja paired with Materva-infused sugarcane.

Pescados Unidos

Miami natives: if you haven't yet tried seafood sausage, track down the Pescados Unidos truck and try its mahi, mango, and habanero sausage served with mango mustard, and a green papaya, jicama, and jalapeño slaw.

Brooklyn Italian Ice Company

Attendees cooled down with Brooklyn Italian Ice Company's "Brooklyn Bridge," a mango and lemon-swirled Italian ice.

Il Fiorento

Potato ravioli was topped with Parmesan fondue, radicchio, and walnuts at the Il Fiorento truck.

Slow Food Truck

Beef short rib sliders with queso fresco, arugula, and crispy shallots were on offer at the Slow Food Truck.

Waffleosophy Hong Kong Waffles

An insanely long line formed at the Waffleosophy truck to try their Hong Kong waffles topped with red curry braised beef and pickled pineapple.

Photo: Susannah Chen

Contenti Cupcakes

Cupcake fans could choose from classic flavors like red velvet and chocolate or the less conventional — think raspberry lemonade and a banana, chocolate, bacon and peanut butter buttercream confection — at the Contenti Cupcakes truck.

Ziggy Marley

Ziggy Marley — who was also promoting his new line of coconut oils — headlined Guy Fieri's Reggae Jam on Sunday evening.

Guy Fieri's Reggae Jam With Ziggy Marley

The crowd went wild at Guy Fieri's Reggae Jam with Ziggy Marley.

Landmarc

Landmarc's Big Smoke Burger was made with an all-beef patty, smoked aioli, pepper jack cheese, sweet pickles, and smoky slaw on a homemade jalapeño-sweet potato bun.

Shake Shack

Shake Shack won us over with its Heritage HAMburger, a hamburger with griddled heritage ham, American cheese, and pickled green tomatoes.


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